Summary: I loved the camera's IQ, which is in line with its big brother the PEN E-P5. That said, the controls and buttons are too plasticy, and inadvertently get budged while shooting. I found the size of the body to be just perfect as a carry around camera when coupled with a pancake lens, like the Lumix 20mm f/1.7 Mark II or the M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6. It only sports the 3-axis IBIS, same as in the older PEN E-P3.
Excerpt: What I think about this camera that hasn't been said already. This is a 2 year old camera that is a good way to get started into photograph. I came from using my old Nikon D40 and 35mm 1.8 lens for many years. The D40 was a good camera but the size made me not want to stick with Nikon. Changing systems are costly but with the Olympus EPL5 at the priced used I think this is an affordable option for someone who is on a budget like me.
Excellent camera. It is especially enjoyable with fast prime ...
Mandelblat Julius, Amazon
16 August 2014
Summary: Excellent camera. It is especially enjoyable with fast prime lens (I used it with both kit lens and Panasonic 20mm 1.8). It has some cumbersome menu interface with advanced features hidden deep inside, but after reading some recommendations (you can find it in user manual, but using the WEB definitely shortens the learning curve). E.g.
Excerpt: I decided to sell my Nikon D7000 to go with a lighter, smaller but still full-featured camera setup. I have 2 young kids so we're already carrying stuff wherever we go and I didn't want the hassle of lugging around a heavy DSLR and lenses. The Olympus PEN EPL-5 is a great micro four thirds system camera for the price point. The reason I ended up going with the Olympus was the combination of price and variety of compatible lenses available to use.
Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Retro Look, Variety Of Lenses To Use
Cons: Controls A Little Clunky, No Electronic View Finder
Excerpt: Excellent image quality with fast autofocus. The downer is a confusing, confounding, and frustrating menu system that after hours of work, I have not come close to mastering. You must purchase the electronic viewfinder, because the LCD viewfinder is impossible to use under direct sunlight.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Excerpt: I an ex-pro photographer turned backpacking guide. My gear goes into the backcountry with me regularly, and needs to work no matter what. I've owned all Canon's for the past 10 years. I decided to give the Olympus PL5 a try, because I was looking for a small but powerful camera, and I was intriqued by the pro level lenses. I used the camera for 2 months without any problems, and issuing non stop recommendations to people.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight